ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A “friend” will soon be in New Mexico filming.
Jennifer Aniston’s latest project, “We’re the Millers,” will begin filming the last two weeks of September in and around Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Kewa Pueblo and Zia Pueblo.
Aniston will star with Jason Sudeikis in the film that follows a veteran pot dealer who creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the United States from Mexico.
Emma Roberts, niece of Taos resident Julia Roberts, snagged the role of Julia, a 20-year-old runaway with a dark side who pretends to be the daughter of Sudekis and Aniston.
The New Mexico Film Office said principal photography is taking place in North Carolina and then the production will make it’s way to the Land of Enchantment. It will employ at least 60 New Mexico crew members as well as background players.
Nick Maniatis, Film Office director, said the production will be based in Santa Fe.
“We’re very excited to get another film and looking forward to creating more jobs,” he says. “While they’re only here for a few weeks, films of this size can spend anywhere from $3-5 million in the state.”
Maniatis anticipates that casting calls be conducted in the coming weeks.
Sudeikis is known for his role on “Saturday Night Live” and was most recently seen in “The Campaign,” which was directed by Albuquerque native Jay Roach.
Aniston rose to fame by playing Rachel Green in the long-running TV show “Friends” and was last seen in 2011’s “Horrible Bosses.”
Also starring in the film will be Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Will Poulter and Ed Helms.
It is being directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber.
— This article appeared on page C2 of the Albuquerque Journal